When we hear about the UNESCO list of world heritage sites we think of places like Notre Dame in Paris or here in the Czech Republic old towns like Cesky Krumlov or even Prague itself. But did you know that less tangible parts of our heritage like theatre performances, music, and dances are also supported and protected by UNESCO?
A new show by Irish-dancer Michael Flatley due to be performed in Prague later this month has been cancelled. The "Celtic Tiger" show had been postponed from an original date in early July. Its Prague backers have sued Mr Flatley for damages after the latest cancellation. The Chicago-born performer rose to world fame with "Lord of the Dance".
Many Czech dancers left the country in the 90s. After a few years abroad they are now slowly coming back home with new ideas, inspiration and experiences. Czech dance is catching up with the rest of the world bringing together theatre, movement and dance. Some of this can be enjoyed at the Tanec Praha festival, currently under way in Prague.
This year's international festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre Tanec Praha or Dance Prague is living up to the great reputation it's built up in the last sixteen previous years. Throughout this month it is introducing some fine world dancers, and it has a clear aim - to revive forgotten or suppressed emotions.
Prima ballerina Daria Klimentova is undoubtedly one of the most popular Czech dancers ever, with an impressive career in the Prague National Theatre Ballet, the Cape Ballet Company in Cape Town, the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, and since 1996 the English National Ballet. On Tuesday, an exhibition of 60 photographs opened to the public in the foyer of the Albert Hall that depicts her career both on and off stage.
I don't know how Czech folk music makes you feel but it certainly gives me goose bumps...not because I don't like it but on the contrary, I LOVE it. A few nights ago, a friend, who's a tour manager here in Prague took me to a folklore night on the outskirts of the city that's held just for tourists and I was taken back in time to when I was a little girl and spent New Year's Eve at my grandmother's.
"Morena" was taken out to the river, lit on fire and thrown into the Botic river so that winter would leave and spring could finally come. Morena is a scarecrow who represents old woman winter. The ancient custom of chasing out winter and welcoming spring dates back to Pagan times was celebrated at Prague's Toulcuv Dvur this weekend.
Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the period in which Christians prepare for Easter. Here in the Czech Republic many people are observing "masopust", which literally translates as "meat fast". But it isn't only about abstinence - it's also a chance to celebrate. To get a feel for the spirit of masopust, Rosie Johnston has been out and about in the Prague district of Zizkov.
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